Is laser therapy new?
The beneficial effects of laser light on tissue were first recognized almost forty years ago. Since then, there have been thousands of studies documenting the positive effects laser light has on different types of cells, tissue, and disorders. Recent advances in technology and manufacturing have made it possible to have this exciting modality available and affordable for clinicians.
Is this laser the same as my laser pointer?
No, the laser pointer is classified by the US American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Class II or Class IIIa device. The CTC Companion Compact is a Class IV laser.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time, complexity and cost. For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated during one laser treatment session. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as a complementary adjunct to other treatment plans.
What can be treated with laser therapy?
If your pet is feeling pain, has inflammation, or a wound, the laser is a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment. The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.
What can't be treated with laser therapy?
Fortunately, there are very few conditions that cannot be treated with laser therapy. Eye conditions, unfortunately, cannot be treated due to the damage the laser light can cause to the eye. Cancerous conditions should not be treated since the laser stimulates cellular activity and this can lead to cancer growth.
What's involved with treating my pet?
The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. As the laser is administered, many pets will relax, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate.
How does it work?
The Companion therapy laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called 'photo-bio-modulation'. This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.
Are there any side effects?
There are no known side effects with this treatment.
What can I expect at home?
You might see a change in activity when your pet comes home. For some it might be increased activity and others may be more relaxed. This is due to the pain relief and reduction in inflammation.
How should I support this treatment at home?
There are no specific things you need to do at home, other than follow normal restrictions, dietary needs, and additional treatment protocols as your pet's condition dictates and is outlined by your veterinarian.
What to expect during a Laser Therapy treatment session for your pet?
Simply put, it provides relief. The fur does not need to be clipped. Eye protection will be worn by the laser operator and anyone in a close proximity to the laser probe. The eyes of your pet will be directed away from the treatment area or covered with a towel or eye wear. The technician will move the probe over the area of treatment to assure the laser is being delivered to the area which needs improvement.
Is there anything my pet should or shouldn't do, or take, while on the treatment?
Just follow normal treatment protocols as outlined. You do not need to be overly cautious nor should you overdo any activities. Just business as usual.
When can I expect to see an improvement? What might I see?
You may see relief in the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable . For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition. Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet's specific needs.
How much does a treatment cost?
Costs will vary depending on the conditions being treated. Most acute conditions respond in 1 to 2 treatments whereas chronic conditions may require lifelong maintenance. Aurora Hills Animal Hospital offers the ability to purchase individual treatments or you may purchase package treatments to reduce the per treatment cost. For some larger pets, laser therapy is cheaper per month than prescription pain medications.